Explore the most popular birding trails near Miami with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

road biking
6 days ago

We had a fun time on the trail. There were plenty of alligators right next to the trail. Be careful with the kids. The watch tower was great. It was impressive seeing hundreds of birds all nesting in the same area. Entrance was a little steep $25 per car but it's good for a whole week.

road biking
7 days ago

Decent. I would recommend at least to go one time. It’s a good escape, keep in mind the trail takes around 2 hours to complete so be prepared. Bugs are usually around August-September.

Great trail system and very well maintained by the VKBC. Love coming out here on the weekends and take in the views by the bay.

Amazing park but doesn’t have enough bathroom my husband suffer from uraine problem and had to pee in bush and almost got his penis bit off so thank you so much beautiful park by the way

mountain biking
2 months ago

Work in progress.....VK used to be so much fun but unfortunately after the hurricane the trail was wiped out!!! Volunteers are doing a great job recovering and adding more trails.
We still visit whenever we can.

If you take the loop counter-clock-wise from the visitor center, just know that the second half after the tower will have a lot less to see (at least in mid-February when I was there). That doesn't mean it's not worth it, but just know that going in. I did see juvenile alligators on the last half, so that made it worth it. This was an awesome place for seeing alligators and birds. And the bike ride was a nice change from walking/hiking.

This trail is totally worthless except for the las .5 miles when you really se some thing interesting on the channels and the Biscayne Bay.

A lot of debris and trash (I think is due to last hurricane Irma) maybe if do the trail starting from visitor center is a lot shorter and better.

4 months ago

I give this trail a 5 for the uniqueness of it. Start on the right side and enjoy all the gators. I saw 77 on the day. They say to stay 15 feet away which is impossible. You will be within 5 feet. The tower was kind of 3/5 but interesting to see over the glades. Irmas caused some Serious destruction out there and bathrooms are currently closed although there is still drinking water.

There are mike markers every mile but the whole trail is on pavement shared with cyclists. Great to run/walk but if you’re planning to do the whole thing I would recommend cycling.

I’ve been trail running every Saturday morning at VK for past 8 years; just love having this playground in my own backyard!

Nice 0.5 mike RT hike near the visitor center.

on Virginia Key Trail

5 months ago

Beautiful sunrise! But I think the trails need more signage.

Very nice walking trail

It’s amazing place... I love it.

road biking
5 months ago

As Michael says: First half of the loop (right side) has a lot of animals (gators, birds, turtles). More than I have seen anywhere else in the park other than at Anhinga Trail at sun set - but 2nd half is just landscape and no animals except a heron or two.
Nevertheless a great trip!

mountain biking
5 months ago

mountain biking
6 months ago

Rode Va Key this past weekend. Despite the damage from Irma, mt bike portion of the park looked pretty good. The volunteers who do trail maintenance are working hard and it shows.

great trails for riding

mountain biking
10 months ago

Great for a family friendly mountain biking trip!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

lots of skeeters when you get to tower.

mountain biking
Friday, May 12, 2017

The first half of the loop (right side) is wonderful, with lots of birds and gators to see as you ride through. The observation tower is also great, but the second half of the loop was surprisingly barren and boring.

mountain biking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

relaxing and fun! recommend to do in South Florida...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

It was an awesome trail but it was a hot day. Recommend bike riding

road biking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

During the dry season. The first half is good with plenty of things to see. The midpoint tower is a must. So much going on in a small area. The second half there wasn't much to see. I'd recommend using a bike.

mountain biking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Love this local trail!!

mountain biking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Awesome trail layout. Great breeze from the bay. Must do when in Miami.

nature trips
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Unless you're really into hiking a long way and seeing the same thing, i suggest taking the tram tour (excellent and time efficient) or biking.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

When it comes to hiking and you just like to have a long walk then go for it. If you are into hiking to see nice views don't waste the leg work. For the first 7 miles after the third alligator you've seen enough. The last loop is just grass and swamp on both sides. You are walking on asphalt the whole way. It was just miserable.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

I have a lot of fun!

road biking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

14-mile loop deep into the Everglades and back. Path lined with alligators all the way and back. Best to go during winter to avoid mosquitos.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

A nice boardwalk and jetty trail with wonderful views of the bay. To really enjoy the park though, you need to get out on or in the water.

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